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by ericleehall
June 28th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Best Small Pinot Noir Winery Crusher/Destemmer & Press
Replies: 19
Views: 4555

Re: Best Small Pinot Noir Winery Crusher/Destemmer & Press

The Lugana has worked well, and is still in service, and we've had zero issues with it. The SK PSP-8 press however, never made it stateside and Prospero lent us one, and we luckily realized that is was not for us, mostly capacity wise, but also cleaning was a bitch. We ended up with a Mori PZ 80 FL ...
by ericleehall
May 30th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 57
Views: 5455

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Awesome Glassware! Color me intrigued! We have a dog named To Kalon. This is him guarding some pinot noir last night... https://photos.smugmug.com/History/Hillary-Agog/i-QVsQq32/0/f3b7b13d/L/2019052912160777-IMG_6637-L.jpg This was the sky... https://photos.smugmug.com/History/Hillary-Agog/i-RgtMmBT...
by ericleehall
April 11th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....
Replies: 15
Views: 1869

Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....

I posted this because i see these "FirstLeaf" ads every day on Facebook, and I often report them as untrue, but they just keep coming. Also the production facility mentioned is right next door to me, which I did not know, and I know a lot of the people that work there, so it's upsetting that they po...
by ericleehall
April 4th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3529

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Genuine question: why does this matter?
Well board members may not drink these wine brands, but as the putative biggest winery deal ever, it does seem relevant to industry discussions.
by ericleehall
April 3rd, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3529

Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

More than 30 brands will join the Gallo portfolio, including Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, and Ravenswood. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/e--j-gallo-winery-announces-deal-with-constellation-brands-300824259.html $1.7 Billion. Included in the purchase...
by ericleehall
March 5th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1267

Why Legs form, the real answer...

Why is your wine crying? Scientists say shock waves likely play a role
Alcohol content, the pour, and shape of the glass are also factors in wine tears.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03 ... ay-a-role/
by ericleehall
March 4th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 3359

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

The Barlow owners are getting a lot of fingers pointed at them. Read the comment below this article, which is a more thoughtful version of a lot of angry comments from tenants, on the PressDemocrat.com site. I also have heard from multiple sources, while at World of Pinot over the weekend, that the ...
by ericleehall
March 4th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 3359

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

I used to own that property. The buildings have all been raised since I got flooded out of there in 2005/2006. That being said, the area you showed in the after photo facing north is a bit misleading as the pool is the highest area on the property, and as I found out to my shock flood insurance does...
by ericleehall
January 13th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?
Replies: 33
Views: 2670

Re: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?

As far as I can tell most members here don't even open bottles until they are older that you! :-)
by ericleehall
October 4th, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Days - Some quick random thoughts
Replies: 35
Views: 2202

Re: Pinot Days - Some quick random thoughts

well, there still is Pinot on the River on October 21st, in Healdsburg.... www.pinotfestival.com
by ericleehall
September 24th, 2018, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Pinot Noir Club recommendations?
Replies: 24
Views: 1230

Re: California Pinot Noir Club recommendations?

Well, usually a wine club offer a discount for agreeing to buy a certain amount of wine over a year. Mine is 10-15-20 % , for a 16, 24 & 48 bottles.... Here is a link for your reference. https://www.roadhousewinery.com/Club We are in downtown Healdsburg, and there are several other Pinot outfits lik...
by ericleehall
September 23rd, 2018, 9:29 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Winery Insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 1696

Re: Winery Insurance

At my previous job, we worked with Malloy, Imrie & Vasconi from St. Helena - we were wine retailers but they seemed to know their way around the wine/insurance world. http://www.mivinsurance.com Wish I could tell you more about insurance, but there slight mention of the topic sends me to sleep. Tha...
by ericleehall
September 20th, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Hanna Wine Titrator
Replies: 11
Views: 1264

Re: Hanna Wine Titrator

I have several of the older model, and I've found them to be too much work to calibrate, and in any event not as consistently accurate to make it worthwhile.

That being said, my winery is walking distance from ETS Labs, in Healdsburg, so it's pretty convenient.
by ericleehall
September 18th, 2018, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Kutch
Replies: 52
Views: 3505

Re: 2016 Kutch

I came to a conclusion when I recently saw their recent cover... They appear to have been set on their cover saying "More Than 700 Pinots Rated" So while in a usual year all the low scores would be online only, to hit their quota and fulfill that big statement above, they chose to go very low in th...
by ericleehall
July 27th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another "Winery Shipped My Wine Via Ground in Summer" Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 3233

Another "Winery Shipped My Wine Via Ground in Summer" Thread

Keep in mind that many winery's fulfillment companies use refrigerated trucks to transport the wines to a regional UPS/FedEx center, where they pack them with ice packs for final delivery the next day via local carrier. I'm not saying this will fix the issue in the hottest weather, but it is a effe...
by ericleehall
July 27th, 2018, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another "Winery Shipped My Wine Via Ground in Summer" Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 3233

Another "Winery Shipped My Wine Via Ground in Summer" Thread

Keep in mind that many winery's fulfillment companies use refrigerated trucks to transport the wines to a regional UPS/FedEx center, where they pack them with ice packs for final delivery the next day via local carrier. I'm not saying this will fix the issue in the hottest weather, but it is a effec...
by ericleehall
July 25th, 2018, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")
Replies: 67
Views: 2553

Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")

Great Quote:

"And so what used to be considered a f*ck-up is now considered character"...
by ericleehall
July 20th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pax Exits WindGap to Focus on Pax
Replies: 29
Views: 2873

Pax Exits WindGap to Focus on Pax

"Mahle told Wine-Searcher that he had been trying to get out of his partnership with Terroir Life long before its founder Charles Banks pled guilty to federal wire fraud last year."

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/07 ... s-solo?h=1
by ericleehall
July 18th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KB News from Shanken News Daily
Replies: 77
Views: 5443

KB News from Shanken News Daily

Here is some new news, apparently Michael Browne has leased optioned the facilities and vineyards of Russian Hill Estate, @ 4525 Slusser Road, Windsor ... next to Sonoma Cutrer.
by ericleehall
July 16th, 2018, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KB News from Shanken News Daily
Replies: 77
Views: 5443

KB News from Shanken News Daily

Confirmed.... c ya tomorrow!
by ericleehall
July 15th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Bastille Night @ Deloach Winery in Santa Rosa
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Burgundy Bastille Night @ Deloach Winery in Santa Rosa

Wow! Great reviews and sounds like an awesome event! I just copied the reviews from the Boisset web site, so people could get a sense of the taste & background of the wines, unfortunately I'm not one of those talented folks who can drink at a dinner and cogently review wines... The event was a lot ...
by ericleehall
July 15th, 2018, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Bastille Night @ Deloach Winery in Santa Rosa
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Burgundy Bastille Night @ Deloach Winery in Santa Rosa

Here is what we had, by Chef Victor Scargle DeLoachBastilleDayMenu2018.jpg And the wines: (We bought a few extra from their well stocked cellar) DeLoachBurgundyNight2018.jpg Domaine de la Vougeraie (Blanc) 2015 Vougeot “Le Clos du Prieuré” Blanc Monopole Score: 90 | March 20, 2018 | Wine & Spirits N...
by ericleehall
July 4th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Really Sucks and should never be used to ship wine!
Replies: 110
Views: 6255

UPS Really Sucks and should never be used to ship wine!

Some day, Amazon will decide they are ready to get into the wine shipping business. Until then, there's no hope. Perhaps sooner than you think! Amazon is launching its own delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-launching-own-delivery-service-compete-ups...
by ericleehall
June 28th, 2018, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Wine Banned in Europe (EU Vote) Unconfirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 1204

California Wine Banned in Europe (EU Vote) Unconfirmed

Alan Eden wrote:No problem, we just ban the Euro swill, only thing to worry about is Champagne so i say we have a bubbles exception
OMG, I forget about Champagne.... I truly cannot live without Billecart-Salmon.....
by ericleehall
June 28th, 2018, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Wine Banned in Europe (EU Vote) Unconfirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 1204

California Wine Banned in Europe (EU Vote) Unconfirmed

Anton D wrote:Why would the EU want to hurt California?

Did our wine country vote red?
No they are just jealous of all our flavor.
by ericleehall
June 28th, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Wine Banned in Europe (EU Vote) Unconfirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 1204

California Wine Banned in Europe (EU Vote) Unconfirmed

Apparently the BBC reported that the EU has voted to ban all US agricultural products from WI, NC, SC, OH, IA, KY, IN, MI and wine from CA.

This is trending on twitter, but I'm so far unable to locate the original source, so call it unconfirmed at this point.
by ericleehall
June 25th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KB News from Shanken News Daily
Replies: 77
Views: 5443

KB News from Shanken News Daily

Steve L Gellman wrote:Observation series sounds interesting
Kosta Browne’s ‘The Gallery’ to open in Sebastopol

Guests will have the chance to taste the new label — Observations Series — produced by winemaker Nico Cueva.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/ ... gallery-to
by ericleehall
June 25th, 2018, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Come to our Escape Room, oh and buy some wine...
Replies: 5
Views: 691

Come to our Escape Room, oh and buy some wine...

This business is getting tougher & tougher!

Chateau St. Jean's "Unlock the Chateau" game is one of the latest efforts to bring travelers back to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, after wildfires devastated the region last fall.

https://www.delish.com/food-news/a21763 ... cape-room/
by ericleehall
June 24th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a/how does one get on the DRC list
Replies: 82
Views: 7688

Is there a/how does one get on the DRC list

Eric, very interesting question. Adding to it...At ideal maturity - say 15-25 years in - who someone with only a moderately experienced palate be able to tell the difference? I think the answer to this question would satisfy my "style vs substance" query. In essence, I'm asking is there something n...
by ericleehall
June 23rd, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a/how does one get on the DRC list
Replies: 82
Views: 7688

Is there a/how does one get on the DRC list

I've been skulking about Red Burg reviews, comments, secondary sales, etc for several years now, so please forgive and be kind to my neophyte-ness... I've only managed try one or two highly rated (95+) Red Burgs, in the last few years, mostly just because of my unwillingness to pay more than $250 pe...
by ericleehall
June 9th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3416
Views: 185575

The Bourbon Thread

I found this article interesting: Behind the misleading claims fueling America's bourbon boom Drawn to the "small batch" or "hand-crafted" bourbon at your liquor store? Turns out, those phrases might not mean much. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/behind-misleading-claims-fueling-america-s-bourb...
by ericleehall
June 8th, 2018, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple and Pinot Noir
Replies: 206
Views: 9193

Mega Purple and Pinot Noir

I looked this up on Wikipedia, and here is one data point: According to journal reports, Mega Purple is used by almost every low- to moderate-value wine producer (below $20US per 750 ml bottle) to help standardize the bottled product ensuring a more uniform product.[1] Here is the link (From Dan Ber...
by ericleehall
June 7th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple and Pinot Noir
Replies: 206
Views: 9193

Mega Purple and Pinot Noir

If I were allergic to egg whites I would want to know they were used. Maybe the slight residue of the allergan in the wine doesn't present a risk but that would be my (and my doctor's) call to make, not yours. Also, there are people who have ethical objections to any use of eggs in food products, a...
by ericleehall
June 6th, 2018, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple and Pinot Noir
Replies: 206
Views: 9193

Mega Purple and Pinot Noir

I bet I've been in over 50-100 Pinot Noir production facilities over the decades, and I've never seen it, nor heard of anyone I know using it, nor heard of any accusing anyone I know of using it, nor ever even heard gossip about anyone associated with our oeuvre using it. Every few years this thread...
by ericleehall
May 31st, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Wine Shop Ever - Wine Watch in Ft Lauderdale...
Replies: 35
Views: 2201

The Best Wine Shop Ever - Wine Watch in Ft Lauderdale...

Mattstolz wrote:ummm... did anyone else get the email about this Grand Cru Monopole tasting???

Almost makes it worth the Allegiant flight down to Ft Lauderdale
Hell, it made me think of flying in from NorCal!
by ericleehall
May 27th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"
Replies: 87
Views: 5000

This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"

Here is a take from the NYT opinion page on why you should be drinking Weird Wines, the short answer is to mitigate class/generational warfare. Opinion Why You Should Be Drinking Weird Wines By Jason Wilson Mr. Wilson writes about wine and spirits. Jason Wilson is the author of “Godforsaken Grapes: ...
by ericleehall
May 19th, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Wine Shop Ever - Wine Watch in Ft Lauderdale...
Replies: 35
Views: 2201

The Best Wine Shop Ever - Wine Watch in Ft Lauderdale...

The front of the entire building, the ceiling and the furniture is made of Wine Boxes...

Here is a picture of me ordering a 2008 Gran Cru , Charmes Chambertin...
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by ericleehall
May 19th, 2018, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Wine Shop Ever - Wine Watch in Ft Lauderdale...
Replies: 35
Views: 2201

The Best Wine Shop Ever - Wine Watch in Ft Lauderdale...

It's like a cross between Ollivanders 's Wand Shop (Harry Potter) and a Cellar... we walked into a Chateau Cos d'Estournel 15 year vertical tasting, the food was amazing.... Wow! What Fun! Great Selection too, Highly Recommended! https://www.winewatch.com/ IMG_4519.JPG IMG_4507.JPG IMG_4517.JPG IMG_...
by ericleehall
May 16th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"
Replies: 87
Views: 5000

This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"

Why experiment when there are so many good $70 Pinots available? Legitimately can't tell if this is satire or not. thank you. i'm hoping it is. i think... Guilty. Eric sells $70 Cali Pinot that he describes with terms that make this natural wine lover shudder--e.g. "cherry cola," "lush," creamy," a...
by ericleehall
May 15th, 2018, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"
Replies: 87
Views: 5000

This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"

I mean no offense to anyone here, or anyone there (at the event)... People like what they like, for their own reasons. But, with the preface that good (non flawed) wine is hard to make, and involves a lot of ancient procedures, that have been refined, but overall have mostly stayed the same (at lea...
by ericleehall
May 15th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"
Replies: 87
Views: 5000

This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"

This is the best reporting I've ever seen on this subject. An important article, whether you agree or not on the validity of the subject. "‘Natural wine’ advocates say everything about the modern industry is ethically, ecologically and aesthetically wrong – and have triggered the biggest split in th...
by ericleehall
May 12th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday July 22 i Minneapolis, MN... Wine Dinner?
Replies: 0
Views: 161

Sunday July 22 i Minneapolis, MN... Wine Dinner?

Hi all- We will be in Minneapolis on Sunday July 22nd, after doing a dinner in Rochester, MN the night before. I'll have a bunch of my wines (Pinot & Chard) left over, and I thought i might hold court at a willing restaurant in town, and pour as much as I can, to whomever might want to join us.... D...
by ericleehall
May 11th, 2018, 8:47 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Spectator: Small Wineries Hoping for Tax Cuts Face Massive Tax Hikes Instead
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Wine Spectator: Small Wineries Hoping for Tax Cuts Face Massive Tax Hikes Instead

Ed Kurtzman wrote:This seems like a paperwork headache for lots of small wineries. I prefer to ship all of our wine tax paid to the warehouse where we store. I believe we can take advantage of the new tax credit this way.
I do the same thing, and have been told that this issue does not apply to me.
by ericleehall
May 11th, 2018, 8:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Spectator: Small Wineries Hoping for Tax Cuts Face Massive Tax Hikes Instead
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Wine Spectator: Small Wineries Hoping for Tax Cuts Face Massive Tax Hikes Instead

I should point out that this apparent error only applies to winery operations who don't have their own winery, or who transfer their wines in bond to a bonded storage facility.
by ericleehall
May 11th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Koerner Rombauer, who wanted wine to be accessible & pleasurable.
Replies: 15
Views: 1129

RIP Koerner Rombauer, who wanted wine to be accessible & pleasurable.

Ester Mobley: If you don’t like it, it’s not your style.” Koerner Rombauer wanted wine to be accessible & pleasurable. He believed people should drink what they like, not what they think they should like. My Obituary for the man who started a Chardonnay phenomenon: https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/a...
by ericleehall
May 7th, 2018, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this? More than wine, Scribe bottles the NorCal lifestyle (Now with Family Guy!)
Replies: 51
Views: 2017

Thoughts on this? More than wine, Scribe bottles the NorCal lifestyle

I doubt this could be more timely: Family Guy does Millennial.... Hilarious! http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/HTTPete Plot: To help promote the brewery to millennials, a millennial hipster is hired to teach the staff. Peter catches on quickly and adopts the millennial lifestyle after walking through ...
by ericleehall
May 6th, 2018, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this? More than wine, Scribe bottles the NorCal lifestyle (Now with Family Guy!)
Replies: 51
Views: 2017

Thoughts on this? More than wine, Scribe bottles the NorCal lifestyle

Eric, I haven t figured out why picking early is financially or oenologically advantageous, but it does seem that a little astringency does not frighten millennial. Well, it's sure easier to care for a early picked highly acidic, low ph wine than a later picked high ph low acid wine.... I guess you...
by ericleehall
May 6th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Calif Rhones...(long/boring)
Replies: 26
Views: 1378

TN: Some New Calif Rhones...(long/boring)

I used to by grapes from one of the vineyards mentioned above, and they almost never got ripe, in 2011 it was a disaster.

Methinks that 12.5% abv is the best they can get in a "normal" year...

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